Minimalist Teen's Guide to Minimalism

Minimalism Stats

These minimalism-related stats are embedded throughout the document (hint: check the bottom of each page!). I compiled them into one page if you want to read them all at once!
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The average American home contains 300,000 items!
2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years!
3. The average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but only plays with 12 daily!
4. American homes have more television sets than people. And those television sets are turned on for more than a third of the day—eight hours, 14 minutes.
5. Nearly half of American households don’t save any money.
6. Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education.
7. The U.S. has 3.1% of the world’s children, but consumes 40% of the world’s toys.
8. There are almost 50,000 storage facilities across the US—that’s 7.3 square feet of self storage space for every American!
9. In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, that figure is 30 outfits—one for every day of the month.
10. 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades.
11. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes every year.
12. Americans spend $24 billion each year to store their stuff in offsite storage units.
13. The average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year! That’s equivalent to the weight of a queen-sized box spring!
14. Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for about 198,43 misplaced items (we lose up to nine items daily). Phones, keys, sunglasses and paperwork top the list.
15. Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods (items they do not
, e.g. pleasure boats, jewelry, booze, gambling and candy).
16. 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them. 32% only have room for one vehicle!

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